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[5 Jun 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
We Are the Wretched of the Earth

We are the Wretched of the Earth
By Malini Mohana, South Africa
Anene Booysen is raped, mutilated, dead.
Let’s tweet, let’s share, let’s “like.”
Ambivalence.
Let’s advertise our poorly veiled apathy through media mindstorms - click click click revolution?
Some people have stood up, they have said “No. No. This is not ok.”
They have written articles in good faith and of good value, that have expressed the right things from a place of intelligence and of empathy.
Here is one and another, and another, and some more.
It has all been said. What is left to say?
What do we do now?
I suppose I could write …

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[4 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Show Her How to Value Her Brain

Lisa Bloom
Los Angeles, United States 
I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time.
Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, “Maya, you’re so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!”
But I didn’t. I squelched myself. As I always bite my tongue when I meet little girls, restraining myself from my first impulse, which is to tell them …

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[3 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Peaceful Protest in Ankara: Third Day Report

Hüseyin Camalan
Ankara, Turkey

Dear friends around the world,
I’m writing to report to you the events regarding the protests in Ankara on the third day of the protests (June 2) and the following night.
On the second day of protests, after some fighting, protesters were able to gain the Kızılay Square, but were unable to push through to the National Assembly Building or the Prime Minister’s Office, both of which are very close, because of the intense aggression by the police. (They aimed pepper gas canisters directly on our bodies.) There was also …

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[30 May 2013 | 10 Comments | ]
Egypt and the Candle

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While there may be conspiracies by governments, there are no boundaries for love and friendship to grow among people.”
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I didn’t know when my Italian friend Elisa gave me a candle as a symbol of friendship that this candle would be more than just a souvenir. For years, I have stored the candle to remind me of the good old days I spent in Italy during the cultural exchange.  I bet Elisa herself never thought when she gave me that candle it would light up the corners of my …

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